Tufts Collaborates

The Offices of the Provost and the Vice Provost for Research are pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of seed grants through the Tufts Collaborates program. Tufts Collaborates seeks to encourage the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by supporting new faculty pilot projects that engage at least two disciplines and cross institutional lines.  The goal of this program is to establish collaborative research efforts that will likely result in competitive research proposals to federal and foundation granting agencies. The 20 newly-funded projects will begin in July and continue through the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Along with 117 previously-funded initiatives, these projects will promote interdisciplinary research across Tufts University for years to come.

We thank the faculty and administrative staff who acted as peer reviewers, as well as the many faculty and staff who submitted excellent proposals, not only making this year’s decisions particularly difficult, but also indicating the widespread commitment to collaborative research at Tufts.

The following projects have been selected to receive Tufts Collaborates seed grants during 2016-2017:

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Superhydrophobic Materials for Oil Water Separation by Electrospinning of Functional Polymers
Principal Investigator: Ayse Asatekin, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Peggy Cebe, School of Arts & Sciences

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Short Films for Digital Humanities Outreach
Principal Investigator: Marie-Claire Beaulieu, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Jennifer Burton, School of Arts & Sciences

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“Yard-Sale” Inequality: The Ethics and Economics of a New Mathematical Model of Wealth Distribution
Principal Investigator: Bruce Boghosian, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Erin Kelly and Sahar Parsa, School of Arts & Sciences

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Mind-Body Exercise and Nutrition for Fibromyalgia Management
Principal Investigator: Mei Chung, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Chenchen Wang and Lori Price, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center

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In Vivo Evaluation of Aortic Aneurysm Mechanical Properties
Principal Investigator: Luis Dorfmann, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Robert Peattie, Jonas Galper, Kent Yucel, Mark Iafrati and Payam Salehi, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center

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Attenuating Cell Death following Neonatal Brain Injury to Preserve Brain Function
Principal Investigator: Chris Dulla, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Alexei Degterev, School of Medicine

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A Novel Mobile Monitoring Platform for Measuring Urban Air Pollution
Principal Investigator: John Durant, School of Engineering
Collaborators: Al Robbat, School of Arts & Sciences; Doug Brugge, School of Medicine; Zinoviy Kataenko, School of Engineering

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The Relation of Cohabitation with Production Animals to Gut Microbiota and Stunting in Children
Principal Investigator: Janet Forrester, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Marieke Rosenbaum, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; Noel Solomons, Friedman School of Nutrition; Honorine Ward, Tufts Medical Center

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Laying the Groundwork for a Child Maltreatment Prevention Initiative: A Community-Based Mixed Methods Approach
Principal Investigator: Jessica Goldberg, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Rebecca Fauth, School of Arts & Sciences; Thomas Stopka, School of Medicine

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Enhancing Wound Healing through FGF Memory Suppression
Principal Investigator: Ira Herman, School of Medicine
Collaborators: Igor Prudosky, School of Medicine

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An Optogenetic, Behavioral RNAi Screen in C. elegans to Identify Conserved Genes that Regulate Glutamatergic Synapse Development from Worms to Mammals
Principal Investigator: Peter Juo, School of Medicine
Collaborators: James Biederer, School of Medicine

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Molecular Approaches to Therapeutics against Diabetes and Obesity
Principal Investigator: Krishna Kumar, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Martin Beinborn and Maribel Rios, School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center

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Combined Computational and Experimental Approach to Understand Lipid-Like Molecules for Intracellular Protein Delivery
Principal Investigator: Yu-Shan Lin, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Qiaobing Xu, School of Engineering

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A Cohort to Capture Behavior Change and Personalized Dietary Patterns
Principal Investigator: Nicola McKeown, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Collaborators: Sara Folta, Christina Economos and Christian Peters, Friedman School of Nutrition; Paul Jacques and Alice Lichtenstein, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging; Remco Chang, School of Engineering

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Precision Mapping for Non-Communicable Diseases in USA Elderly
Principal Investigator: Elena Naumova, Friedman School of Nutrition
Collaborators: Dariush Mozaffarian, Friedman School of Nutrition; Linda Tickle-Degnen, Elizabeth Marfeo and Keren Ladin, School of Arts & Sciences; Remco Chang, School of Engineering; Melissa Cruz, School of Medicine

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Intestinal Pathogens in 3D Engineered Tissues
Principal Investigator: Wai-Leung Ng, School of Engineering
Collaborators: David Kaplan, School of Engineering; Joan Mecsas and Carol Kumamoto, School of Medicine

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Improving Literacy with a Novel Nutrition Supplement and Locally-Created Reading Material
Principal Investigator: Edward Saltzman, Friedman School of Nutrition
Collaborators: Stephanie Gottwald, Paul Muentener, Maryanne Wolf and Robin Kanarek, School of Arts & Sciences; Susan Roberts, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging; Patrick Webb, Friedman School of Nutrition; Nina Schlossman, Global Food and Nutrition, Inc.

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Using Biological Measures to Predict Treatment Response in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Principal Investigator: Lisa Shin, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Shuchin Aeron, School of Engineering; Paul Summergrad, Tufts Medical Center

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An Examination of Psychological Stress and Memory in the Elderly
Principal Investigator: Ayanna Thomas, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Michael Romero and Amy Smith, School of Arts & Sciences

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Symbiotic Transport Mechanisms in Microbial Communities
Principal Investigator: Benjamin Wolfe, School of Arts & Sciences
Collaborators: Jeffrey Guasto, School of Engineering

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Click here to view previous Tufts Collaborates seed grant recipients.

Please contact collaborates@tufts.edu with any questions.